Training Battalion Chief Rich Durrell has over 30 years of fire service dedication, 14 years of which with San Miguel. Chief Durrell started his career in 1996 at the age of 16 as a Reserve Firefighter with San Diego Rural Fire District. Durrell attended Heartland’s 15th Fire Academy in 1990 where he obtained his Firefighter 1, which catapulted his fire service career. Durrell served 12 years with Sycuan Fire, promoting through the ranks to finish his last 5 years as a Paramedic Captain.
Durrell joined San Miguel in February 2002 as a Firefighter Paramedic and developed into one of the department's lead trainers. Durrell is a CSFM instructor and has performed as lead instructor in both regional and local Firefighter 1 academies. Durrell has maintained his Paramedic status for 20 years where he has continued to serve the District’s communities.
As the Training Battalion Chief, Durrell oversees all training for the District – ensuring all department mandates are met, while building and implementing training curriculum and programs, and tracking employees’ certifications and licenses. Durrell delivers 17,280 annual training hours while building cooperator rapport working with multiple jurisdictions.
Durrell grew up in the Harbison Canyon area and graduated from Granite Hills High School in 1988 where he played volleyball and wrestled 4 years for the mighty Eagles. Durrell is married and has three children. He enjoys surfing, mountain biking, snowboarding, socializing, and traveling with his family.